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Girnick Cottage is a 3 bedroom self catering holiday accommodation that sleeps 5 and is located in Kelso, Scotland. This property is pet friendly allowing for 1 pet. . Local to Ednam, Roxburgh, Eccles, Mindrum
Set in glorious countryside just north of Kelso, with panoramic views towards the village of Smailholm, this charming holiday cottage is tastefully furnished to provide a comfortable base from which to explore. Kelso, 6 miles, set on the River Tweed has interesting and individual shops and eateries, an abbey, racecourse and ice rink. Excellent cycling, fishing and walking in the Eildon Hills, access to two 18 hole golf courses, historic houses at Floor Castle and Mellerstain, 2 miles. Cycle store at the property. Shops and pubs 6 miles.
3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.
Open fire in living room (initial fuel inc). Economy 7 CH, elec, bed linen and towels included. Travel Cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric Cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge Freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.
Serving fine fresh food seven days a week, from pensioners' lunches to traditional Sunday carvery. There's a fine selection of wines and beers, too.
Marmions Brasserie, located in the lovely town of Melrose, offers a warm and friendly welcome whether it be for breakfast, lunch or that romantic evening meal for two.
The Cloud House will not only offer you a warm and friendly welcome, but delicious coffee and home cooked, freshly baked cakes as well. Local artists exhibit in the gallery.
This welcoming country inn is well-known locally for its good food and warm hospitality. It is perfectly situated for walkers enjoying the ""St Cuthbert's Way"" national trail, which runs between Melrose and the magical island of Lindisfarne.
The Tyneside Tavern offers traditional style bistro dishes as well as fine Italian cuisine. Always offering a warm welcome, this charming pub is a great place to visit.
Set in the Scottish Borders, and first opening its doors in 1995, The Prince of India Restaurant promises unique Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine that will warm your heart.
Conveniently positioned in the old town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, the Queen's Head has a menu that caters for all tastes and appetites. Dishes are seasonal and freshly prepared to order. Pub food is served either at the bar or in the restaurant, where you can also enjoy a 3 course meal.
Award winning fish and chip restaurant, takeaway and ice cream parlour. With a vibrant, modern interior, Giacopazzi's is a family friendly business offering the 'best fish and chips in town' and delicious home made pizzas from a traditional Italian pizza oven.
Oblo is an award winning bar and bistro situated on the harbour front of Eyemouth. From early until late, serving a wide range of light snacks and meals, Oblo provides the perfect surroundings in which to relax and watch the world go by.
Part of an established group of award-winning restaurants, The Clippers is everything you would expect from an authentic Indian restaurant and a good deal more.
Whatever the weather, you can have a great day out at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre. There's lots of events, children's activities, exhibitions and walks for all the family. And the biggest play park in the Borders!
This 15? gauge steam railway runs over 2 miles from Heatherslaw to Etal Village - a return journey of 50 minutes.
The 2 well stocked lakes at quizzically-named Conundrum Farm make for a great day's fishing. There's plenty to entertain the children too, including farmyard animals, play areas and pedal tractors. There's also a café, shop and award-winning restaurant to enjoy.
Pot-a-Doodle Do, just south of Berwick-upon-Tweed, has activities for all ages. Choose from painting and pottery, fishing, quad biking or walking on the beautiful Northumberland coastline.
This family park complete with trampolines, bouncy castles, go karts, and indoor play areas has a variety of animals too; including lamas, deers and donkeys. There's tea in the park for mums and dads or plenty of space for a picnic. Pony rides run from April until October at weekends and holidays (weather dependant).
"The Barn at Beal" is a visitor centre which aims to educate people about the important role of agriculture. The spectacular surroundings of the Northumbrian coast and nearby island of Lindsfarne offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor walks and wildlife spotting. Facilities include a bird of prey centre, various workshops and a cafe/restaurant.
Coldingham Sands is an award winning sandy seashore. A clean and safe place to swim, sun bathe and have some fun in the sun. Colourful beach huts adorn the shore whilst impressive Edwardian villas watch over locals and holidaymakers alike. It has a cafe, toilets, disabled access and car parking.
Another of this spectacular coastline's great sandy beaches. A large expanse of rocks are exposed at high tide.
A great local beach with village amenities close by including shops and cafes. Try your hand at canoeing or windsurfing at this lovely sandy and rocky beach. A lovely place to walk and do some bird watching.
Seacliff Beach is a lovely secluded sandy beach located along an area of magnificent coastline in East Lothian. The beach is pretty unspoilt and is a haven for surfers, wake boarders, families and dog walkers. To the north of the beach you will find a sheltered spot, where there is a hidden harbour, it is considered to be the smallest sandstone harbour in the UK, it has been carved out of the rocks back in 1890, and has spectacular views of Bass Rock and the ruins of Tantallon Castle. Both ends of the beach have superb rock pools to discover, young children will love them and the opportunity to clamber over the rocks. Access to the beach is via an entry barrier that costs ₤2.00 if coming by car. Seacliff Beach is a beautiful place, really picturesque and its sandy shores do not get that busy, so offers the perfect spot to spend a few hours, do take along a picnic as there is nowhere nearby to get any refreshments. Not to be missed if you are in the area.
A great walk from the heart of Abernethy. Start at one of the last remaining Irish celtic towers in Scotland. There is a fantastic view from the top and Abernethy Museum, down the road offers a vast collection of exhibits about the local history. Enjoy a cuppa at the tea room and then follow the circular route to Craigden and back.
A long distance trek at 62.5 miles. The route takes you across the Scottish Borders all the way to the Northumberland coast. Begin at Melrose, where St. Cuthbert began his early work and finish at the holy site of Lindisfarne where he completed his later works and died. Lindisfarne is a fascinating destination as it is where the first Vikings first landed in 793AD and is steeped in history. Along the way there are links with the famous, Sir Walter Scott Way, the Roman Heritage Way and the Pennine Way.
A circular trail at the heart of the Scottish Borders passes by four 12th century abbeys and through several border towns. The 64.5 mile walk is split into 5 sections of roughly equal distances.
This 268 mile walk runs from the Peak District National Park along the Pennine Ridge, through the Yorkshire Dales and into Northumberland to finish at Kirk Yetholm.
This mountain biking centre has trails of all grades, a cafe, a bike shop with bike hire, and changing and showering facilities.
There's 45 miles of graded trails here. The Green and Blue Routes, skills area and trail quest loops are a great introduction to mountain biking for less experienced riders, novices and families.
This is a nice gentle walk that climbs up to 212 metres at Whitton Hillhead where you can experience stunning views of the Simonside Hills.
A beautiful walk with impressive and dramatic views of Rothbury. The route takes the walker along the old carriageway of Cragside Estate.
This community 25m swimming pool offers a range of facilities including a steam room, fitness suite, café and soft play area for under 5'. There's also general fun sessions for all the family.
This course is situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders amidst rolling hills and breathtaking scenery. It offers members and visitors of all abilities an enjoyable round of golf over a challenging layout.
If you like a challenge or want to try something new, then archery is the sport for you. They cater for all ages and abilities and offer courses to suit your needs. All sessions are led by qualified instructors registered with the Grand National Archery Society.
You'll get an entirely different and exhilarating perspective of the glorious rolling hills of the Scottish Borders and limitless beauty of the Northumberland National Park and unspoilt coastline as you glide slowly through the sky.
Whether you want to try mountain biking for the first time, or test your skills to their limits, MB7 is the link between you and the experts that have created one of the most exciting mountain biking trail networks in Europe.
Magdalene Fields Golf Club is located close to the ancient town of Berwick Upon Tweed and is the most northerly golf course in England. It is a very scenic well established parkland course, with the most fantastic views, it is located next to the cliffs of Northumberland, on one side are the protective city walls and on the opposite side are beautiful sea views. The course is in great condition, it is well maintained, the greens are wonderful, true and straight, the fairways are undulating. There are a number of challenges in the course, the rough is very punishing and there are winds coming in off the coast. It is a very friendly and welcoming club and the staff throughout are very nice, friendly, helpful and professional. The clubhouse is warm and inviting and the perfect way to round off a game of golf, it has a lovely relaxed atmosphere and the menu contains the usual favourites, the food is tasty and well cooked, portions are large and very good value for money. Magdalene Fields Golf Club offers a lovely course that makes for a good test of golf, the golf fees are excellent value and the views are lovely, well worth playing.
Dive Charter business supplying hard boat diving from the North Star. For those who prefer more inshore, scenic dives or those who like to go further afield, Marine Quest is perfect for you.
Dunbar Golf Club is a challenging links course that is set amongst the most magnificent scenery with superb views across the bay. This 18 hole course has many natural hazards with a pretty continuos sea breeze, many holes are close to the seafront, deep bunkers and lots of interesting holes. The course is fantastically maintained, the greens are great and the fairways are fast. It is an extremely friendly club and the staff are so welcoming and hospitable. The Clubhouse has top class facilities and the menu is extensive and diverse with a nice choice of seafood dishes, the food is delicious, reasonably priced and the service was excellent. The green fees are reflective of the quality of course. Dunbar is a superb course that is a pleasure to play and should be on your list of courses to play, you will not be disappointed.
Goswick Golf Club is set in the most beautiful scenery in Northumberland, a little off the beaten track, it is a friendly and welcoming club. It is a traditional seaside links course that is well laid out and remains open all year round. This well established course is beautifully maintained and the course is in great condition with gorgeous sea views. The course offers a number of challenging holes and caters to all level of player, there a number of long holes, the greens are fast, the fairways are tight and undulating, the bunkers are deep, the rough is not too long, there are lateral water hazards, and you can get blustery winds off the coast. The staff throughout the club are lovely, really friendly, helpful and professional, the pro shop is well stocked. The clubhouse has excellent facilities, it is comfortable and cosy, the menu offers a great selection of wholesome home cooked dishes that are tasty, well cooked and presented and offer excellent value too. Goswick Golf Club is a a lovely friendly club offering a challenging but rewarding game of golf with really reasonable green fees, a real gem that should not be missed.
The big, yellow flume with its separate splash pool is the main attraction although the pool also has waves, sprays and a bubble bed. For those into more serious swimming, there's a 6 lane pool on offer as well.
North Berwick Golf Club is a long established club dating back to 1832, and still uses the same fairways. It is a true championship links course that starts and finishes at the clubhouse within the town. This charming course is relatively short but still offers a challenging game of golf to all level of golfer, there are a number of natural hazards with a wind that continually blows, the worlds largest sand trap and an ancient stone wall that runs through the centre of a fairway. The course has some of the most amazing views of the Firth of Forth and islands of Bass Rock, Craigleith, Lamb and Fidra in addition to the town of North Berwick. This undulating course is well maintained and in splendid condition, with excellent drainage, the greens are fast, bunkers are deep and has a number of memorable holes in particular Redan and Biarritz. Visitors are extended the same warm genuine welcome as members and you are permitted use of the same facilities as members. The Clubhouse is a beautiful historic building, it has a lovely warm and welcoming atmosphere, it is comfortable and elegant and provides all you need after a round of golf, the menu is varied and provides a good selection of traditional dishes, that are home cooked and well presented, the customer service is very good and the prices are really reasonable. The staff throughout are brilliant, so friendly, helpful, attentive and professional and really enhance the overall experience, the greeter is a really nice touch and they give a brief history of the club, nice to get its background. North Berwick Golf Club is one of the most amazing golf courses around, so friendly and hospitable, great facilities and the green fees are reflective of the quality of the course and its amenities, a first class club that should not be missed.
Seacliff Stables are a family run stables that are located in close proximity of North Berwick, a beautiful and stunning park of the country. They are a friendly and welcoming stables that offer a unique riding experience amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery around, with views of Tantallon Castle and the renowned Bass Rock. They cater to all level of rider and can adapt the rides to suit your requirements. The horses are beautiful, well behaved and all have a lovely temperament, and they spend time to ensure you are placed with a suitable horse. They can also provide all equipment if needed, so you don't have to take anything with you. The staff at Seacliff Stables are great, so friendly, professional, knowledgeable, patient and enthusiastic. They will put any nervous riders at ease and their knowledge of riding and the local area is outstanding. The scenery here is breathtaking, and the area is so peaceful and tranquil, it is a truly unique and memorable experience riding along the beautiful beach that overlooks the wild and rugged coastline, make sure you take a camera to get loads of photos. Seacliff Stables are very professional and well organised so you can rest assured your experience will be faultless, highly recommended. .
Forestry Commission mixed conifer woodland with a variety of waymarked routes to help you enjoy your forests.
Located within the grounds of Duns castle, this nature reserve is home to mute swans, badgers, red squirrels and woodpeckers.
Watch salmon live via underwater cameras on the large plasma screen and see them leaping at the cauld on their migration journey, depending on river levels. Stop by The Waterwheel restaurant for some delicious home baking.
A beautiful mixed woodland with plenty of routes throughout for some great little walks. Relax with a picnic and soak up the lovely setting and great views across the Tweed Valley.
Working farm in beautiful countryside with a huge range of attractions including rare breeds of farm animals and deer herds, Ranger led activities and nature walks, indoor/outdoor play areas, Bird of prey demonstrations and tuition, and much, much more.
A great place to explore and have fun in. Enjoy the great outdoors in the top visitor attraction in the Scottish Borders. Go mountain bike riding or explore this stunning area on foot.
Take a walk through the Cardrona Forest and enjoy the lovely mixed woodland and the Scottish countryside.
This National Nature Reserve is home to thousands of seabirds including guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills, puffins and herring gulls - great for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Why not make a day of it and stop for lunch in the café and visit the textiles shop selling authentic Scottish products?
Take a stroll around this beautiful forest and perhaps enjoy the Waterfall Walk. Discover local Roman history and use the hide to spot red squirrels and a wide variety of birds.
Discover an abundance of tropical butterflies, insects, snakes, frogs and more. Handling sessions, snake feeding, special exhibitions and workshops.
Encompassing 26 acres of garden, this varied garden is a great place to relax, unwind and while away the hours in. Admire the kitchen garden, feature specimen trees, azaleas and fascinating Arboretum.
Soak up the stunning scenery at Scott's View; so called after Sir Walter Scott as it was one of his favourite vistas. It was reported that he visited the spot so often that his horses stopped without command. Admire as he once did the peaks of Eildon Hill, the gently sloping countryside and the meandering River Tweed.
At one time part of the Abbey grounds, these lovely gardens were a gift for the Kelso War Memorial from the Duke of Roxburgh in 1921. The gardens are now an enchanting place to visit in spring and summer. Take a seat and unwind and enjoy their splendour and the views of Kelso Abbey.
Hirsel Estate offers something for ornithologist, botanist, forester, zoologist, archaeologist and historian alike. Homestead museum shows the estate's past and present. There are craft units and a geogems display as well as a tearoom and children's playground.
A delightfully tranquil walled garden comprising of lawns, herbaceous and mixed borders, vegetable and fruit areas, and a rich display of spring bulbs. The garden is set around an early 19th-century house which unfortunately is not open to the public.
Positioned as a series of terraces, these beautiful gardens are a tranquil place to visit and relax in. Stunning water features provide a mirror to the gardens and are set amongst Rodgersias, Rheums and Bamboo to name but a few.
Encompassing over 30 acres, these lovely gardens include immaculate lawns, woodland and meet the flood plain of the River Teviot at the far end of their reach. Many distinct gardens join together in the original section to ensure there is always something of interest in bloom all year round. A wonderful place to explore with all the family.
An important feature of the town of Galashiels, the gardens were first planted after World War Two and have brought visitors to the area ever since.
Set in the centre of Coldstream, these gardens attract visitors and locals to their viewpoint over the River Tweed, Cheviot Hills and the surrounding countryside. At the viewpoint stands a stone monument to the Coldstream Guard.
Take a stroll around one of the many tree lined walks, admire the beautiful formal gardens, visit the museum and sit near the waterfall soaking up the scenery. Keep your eyes peeled for narcissi and daffodils.
Some lovely glasshouse displays and herbaceous borders to admire, whilst you soak up the lovely atmosphere of these walled gardens. Located in Hawick, a multiple winner of 'Scotland in Bloom', these gardens have proved a hugely important factor in the award.
Built in 1758 on a ridge overlooking the majestic River Tweed, Paxton House is one of the finest 18th century Palladian country houses in Britain. Discover its wonderful country park and beautiful setting. With its huge range of activities and attractions from walks and nature trails, to wildlife viewing hides for red squirrels, croquet lawn, 9 hole putting green and two adventure playparks, Paxton House is not just a country house but a fantastic day out for everyone!
Situated in the beautiful Tweed Valley, Kailzie is a large family garden with formal walled gardens, extensive grounds with walks, stocked trout pond, 18 hole putting green, gift shop, tearoom, plant sales, Osprey viewing centre and a children's play area.
With over 300 years of tree planting, Dawyck boasts a world famous arboreta with mature specimens of Brewer's Spruce, the unique Dawyck Beech and some giant trees from North America. Enjoyable trails make exploring fun.
A specialist garden where plants gown are selected for their suitability for drying. The colourful and imaginative selection ensures variety for the dried flower arrangements made on the premises and provides material for courses held here on the ancient craft of drying flowers.
Come and see the production of a range of stunning stemware, vases and bowls at Scotland's leading studio glass workshop. Second shop and showroom open.
This small family owned museum is located in the last surviving genuine daylight photographic premises in the UK. Original photographic artefacts and equipment are on display and the building houses a vast archive of glass and film negatives dating from 1860.
Lochcarron specialise in cashmere, woven and knitted goods. The company is family owned and have been producing Scottish designs in Scotland since 1947. They are the world leader in tartan manufacturing, with over 700 in stock. Clients include Sean Connery and Shrek!
Inside a stunning early 19th century seed merchants' warehouse, work previously exhibited only in Edinburgh or London hangs next to well known local artists such as Linda Hatrick and Tom Bromley. There's also a spectacular display of ceramics by John Marjoribanks Edgerton.
The finest quality knitwear is available at The Mill Shop, and at The Hawick Cashmere Visitor Centre you can watch Shima Whole garment machines at work and browse round the extensive range of knitwear.
Step back in time at this restored printing works and see how printing was done at the beginning of the 20th century. Visitors can watch the printer at work and try typesetting by hand.
Chain Bridge Honey Farm is a family run business that dates back to 1948 when it was first established. The farm is located in a beautiful setting close to the village of Horncliffe and the Union Chain Bridge amongst the stunning Northumberland countryside. They specialise in natural honey products with everything from honeycombs to beekeeping books. The products are all made using their own honey and produced by them. All staff are family members and have a hands on approach to the business with everyone involved along the line, they are all so friendly, knowledgeable and passionate. The visitor centre is open daily and there is no charge for entry, here you get an intriguing and fascinating insight into bees and honey, it covers all aspects of the bee, honey wax and propolis, the various different species of bees, bumble bees and wasps, as well as a observation hive where you can observe a colony of bees in full activity. The walls are adorned with beautiful exhibits and murals, real works of art and labours of love. Next door is a tractor shed and here you will find an impressive array of restored vintage motor vehicles and machinery including tractors, a Lanz Bulldog, Caterpillars, caravan, London Bus and more as well as a interesting display of vintage memorabilia. Honey Bus Cafe is found in a double decker bus, this comfortable and welcoming cafe serves a delicious selection of honey based produce and beverages. All products produced are available to buy and make for lovely gifts. Chain Bridge Honey Farm gives a unique and intriguing glimpse in to these hard working and often undervalued insects, it makes for a great day out for all, a real gem of an establishment with the nicest people around, highly recommended if you are in the area.
The Theatre hosts on average three performances per week, with an interesting and diverse programme all year round. It is primarily focused on drama, but there are numerous music, literary, comedy and dance performances, as well as films.
The Maltings Theatre and Cinema is found in the town centre close to the high street of Marygate, it enjoys a unique position on the border between England and Scotland. It serves as a mixed use venue presenting both live theatre, dance, music, comedy as much more as well as films and events, classes, workshops as well as visual arts exhibitions. It is a really nice bespoke theatre that consists of the Main House Theatre, the Henry Travers Studio, the Maltings Kitchen Restaurant and Stage Door Bar. They showcase an extensive and diverse range of productions throughout the year and are a leading independent cinema. It has state of the art facilities with excellent acoustics and lighting, the seating is comfortable and you are assured a view of the stage regardless off where you sit. Staff are very friendly and helpful and make your visit here even more pleasant. The Maltings is a real asset to the town, great quality productions that are superb value, lovely friendly atmosphere, it makes for an ideal night out.
Belhaven Brewery offers you the opportunity to take a tour of the brewery to see the process of making their fine beers from start to finish. Belhaven is located in the beautiful and quaint town of Dunbar and the brewery is found in a lovely historic listed building that seamlessly blends the old with the new. It is a casual tour around this working brewery, that is very interesting and informative and being limited to twelve people per tour makes it a more intimate experience. The guides are friendly, knowledgeable and animated about the products so you glean a lot from the tour. A highlight of the tour is the tasting session at the end in their in-house bar, The Monk's Retreat, it is unlimited tasting and there is a good variety of cask and keg beers to sample, not so good if you are driving but, they do offer a soft drink alternative. There is also a small museum that is again very interesting, it traces the history of brewery from the 11th Century through a nice exhibit of old pieces relating to the brewery manufacturing process and its humble beginnings. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop at the end of the tour where you can pick up a nice souvenir, they stock their full selection of beers as well as chutneys, branded clothing and other related merchandise. Tours operate Tuesday through to Friday at 1.45pm and must be booked in advance. Belhaven Brewery is insightful and interesting, a fantastic intimate and informative tour, not to be missed.
The Found Gallery is a friendly family run gallery that displays a contemporary combination of British art and crafts talent. A lot of local artists works are on show here, and you will find a lovely selection of unique and unusual goods including, paintings, ceramics, jewellery, cards and lots more wonderful items. The quality of the goods and the different techniques, textures and colours used is excellent and all items are well priced. This beautiful gallery is bright, colourful and welcoming with a lovely relaxed atmosphere, there is no pressure to buy and you are left to browse. It is open Monday to Saturday from10.00am to 5.00pm. The owners are very friendly and hospitable and are happy to discuss any of the pieces on display or about the lovely town and things to see and do here. You are sure to find a special something top take home in this delightful gallery. The Found Gallery is definitely worth a visit if you are in this beautiful area of Scotland.
East of Scotland Microflights are located at East Fortune Airfield in East Lothian, and they are the longest established flying school and club in Scotland. It is run by Gordon Douglas who has in excess of thirty years of experience of flying microlights. All staff members are highly trained, skilled and experienced, they are very friendly, patient and enthusiastic and this soon rubs off on you. The school is well organised and everything runs to schedule, so no unnecessary waiting around. Microlights come in two different models one that looks like a traditional plane and the other looks a bit like a hang-glider over a trike, both only take two passengers, they are very safe and microlighting is at present the safest form of sport aviation in the UK and is highly regulated. They are open all year round, weather and light permitting, from 10.00am to 6.00pm. The experience is a both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time, you get the most amazing views from the skies and it is so peaceful and serene up there, and can relax knowing that you are in safe and capable hands. If you are up for a new exciting experience or want to learn a new skill then head to East Scotland of Microflights you will not be disappointed.
North Berwick Law is a very large and very high hill and is a must if you are visiting this area of Scotland, it is a bit of a climb to the summit but, the views are well worth it, you get the most amazing vistas and can see for miles around. Berwick Law stands at 615 feet above sea level and is made of igneous rock and was formed when the mouth of a volcano was closed by its own molten lava. The area is rich in history, there are indications it was inhabited more than 2000 years ago with evidence of a minimum of at least eighteen hut circles, rich middens as well as a field system. In addition there is the remnants of a defensive stone dyke and ramparts. The remains of a stone building that is currently at the summit was constructed in 1803 to serve as a watch-house and signal station during the Napoleonic Wars, there is also a building that was a WWII look out post. The most notable landmark now is the gigantic whalebone that has a presence here since first erected in 1709, to serve as a marker to bring the sailors home safely. It was originally a genuine whalebone that was replaced a number of times and finally in 2008 a gigantic fibreglass replica jawbone was placed here which, can withstand the weathering and erosion, it is subjected to. The climb up takes about half an hour from the town centre and your ascent and descent should be made on the westerly direction, it is not the easiest of walks and proper footwear should be worn and care taken, the path up is clearly marked. On the way up there is lots to see from the wild ponies, a reservoir that served the town with its water supply in the 1870's and there is also an old quarry that was used in building much of the town in the nineteenth century. Take a camera as there are plenty of opportunities for photos. An exhilarating climb with fantastic views and lots to see, not to be missed if you get the opportunity.
Sited high on a rocky outcrop, Smailholm is a small rectangular tower set within a stone barmkin wall. Inside the tower is a charming collection of costume figures and tapestries relating to Sir Walter Scott's Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders.
A superb Georgian house designed by William and Robert Adam with exquisite plaster ceilings, fine period furniture and marvellous art collection including work by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Ramsay, Aitken and Nasmyth. Courtyard tea-room and gift shop; extensive grounds.
A 13th century castle with superb views. Once one of the most formidable castle fortresses on the eastern Borders, it played a significant role in British history. The last battle it faced was during the Civil War, when Cromwell's well equipped army destroyed the castle with explosives.
Although now ruined, Dryburgh is still a remarkable Border Abbey. This lovely setting is also the final resting place of Field Marshall Douglas Haig and Sir Walter Scott.
Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland, is home to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe and their family. Overlooking the River Tweed and Cheviot Hills, it was designed in 1721 by William Adam, who was both master-builder and architect for the first Duke.(Dogs on leads welcome in the grounds)
Probably the most famous ruin in Scotland, the abbey was founded by David I in 1136 and largely destroyed by Richard II's English army in 1385. The surviving remains of the church are largely of the early 15th century, and are of an elegance unsurpassed in Scotland.
The home of Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist and poet, author of Waverley, Ivanhoe and Lady of the Lake to name a few. When Scott purchased Cartleyhole Farmhouse and Steading on the banks of the River Tweed near Melrose he renamed it Abbotsford and built the house you can see today.
One of the seven 'Great Houses of Scotland' and the ancient seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale, it is still the Maitland family home. Famous for its 17th century plasterwork ceilings, the castle has fine furnishings, pictures, historic toys and a country life exhibition.
Dating from 1583, the former home of the Lairds of Galashiels is now an interpretive centre with displays and changing exhibitions, family history, tearoom and a garden. Audio tours are also available and their are children's activities during school holidays.
Set in peaceful and scenic gardens, the house tells the story of the life of the tragic Queen, who herself visited Jedburgh in 1556, staying in this Bastille House. A good range of souvenirs and books are for sale and audio tours are available.
One of the border abbeys, founded by David I around 1138 for Augustinian canons. The church is built in the Romanesque and early Gothic styles and is remarkably complete. Finds from the excavations of the cloister buildings are on display. (Limited wheelchair access)
Built in 1820 Jedburgh Castle Jail is an important example of Howard Reform Prison architecture. Displays explore the development of the Jail and what it would have been like to be a prisoner and a guard.
Dating from 1803, this former Town House and Sheriff Court is where Sir Walter Scott sat as Sheriff of Selkirkshire until 1832. Visitor centre, audio visual and small sales point.
Displays recreate the building's former role as a home and ironmonger's shop while the story of the Royal Burgh of Selkirk is told in the upstairs galleries. The Robson Gallery hosts an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions.
A local history museum with a section on the Coldstream Guards, a temporary exhibitions gallery, children's corner and courtyard with fountain and picnic area.
A collection of trophies, photographs and memorabilia celebrating the motor racing career of Jim Clark, twice world motor racing champion in the 1960s.
There is so much to see and do at this early 19th century house in beautiful countryside: outstanding collection of paintings, superb silverware, porcelain and French furniture, restored Victorian kitchen, and children's and family activities, to name but a few.
Channel 4's The Edwardian Country House and Number 8 in Channel 5's 'Britain's Finest'; Manderston is the home of Lord and Lady Palmer. An Edwardian mansion set in 56 acres of formal gardens located just outside Duns in Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders.
Built as a Peel Tower House and home of the Douglas family, and later the home of Anne, Duchess of Monmouth, and still later the Tower Hotel, the premises now house exhibits showing the history of Hawick and the Tower through the ages.
Heatherslaw Mill is a 19th century water-powered corn mill situated on the Ford and Etal Estate. Still producing wholemeal flour from locally grown wheat, the water wheel, mill stones and gearing are all on show, giving a fascinating insight into days gone by. The freshly milled flour can be purchased from the gift shop along with other country fare.
An historic spa where the Victorians bathed and relaxed was supposed to do wonders for their health. Established in 1828, the house displays information on the history of the area and its links to James Hogg and Sir Walter Scott.
The oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland. 27 Kings and Queens have visited this important, historic house and a royal mark can be seen throughout. Admire the beautiful bed which once belonged to Mary Queen of Scotts and imagine priests using their secret staircase in the more dangerous times in the house's long history. Woodland walks, children's adventure playground, a hedged maze, craft workshops and a brewery museum are just some of its attractions. (Restricted wheelchair access)
One of the 'Great Houses of Scotland', this Victorian castle in red sandstone, now fully restored, is lived in by the owners — it's a real, if rather grand, family home. Guided Tours also available.
The Elizabethan Walls have served to protect the town on Berwick-upon-Tweed for hundreds of years. The town over the years has changed hands between England and Scotland an incredible thirteen times. These fortifications are mostly intact having withstood numerous attacks over the years, making Berwick one of the most important fortified towns in Europe. The first fortifications started in 1296 but those that we see today are the artillery ramparts and work commenced on these in 1558 and continued until 1568 when it ceased, further modifications were made in the 17th century. They have many features including a circular fortification known as Lord's Mount, Cumberland Bastions being one of the first and best preserved bastions, Brass Bastion, Windmill Bastion and the Powder Magazine. It is possible to walk the whole way around the town using these fortifications, there is lots of information provided along the way on boards, giving the history of the city and particular points of interest on the walk. There are lovely views and you can see for miles on a clear day but do be careful, there are some steep areas and others where there are sheer drops. These impressive fortifications were so successful owing to their sturdy construction and design. The ramparts stand at approximately six metres high, then there is rampart earthwork above that is about another five metres in height, the walls are faced in grey limestone. Outside there was a broad, deep ditch or moat and then on the other side there would have been a high retaining wall that resembled the rampart. The Elizabethan Walls are a must if you are in the region steeped in history and architectural detail as well as brilliant views.
This great museum houses a varied collection of exhibitions throughout the year in this beautiful, historic building. For example, in The Chambers' Room, a collection of friezes which were originally commissioned by William Chambers can be see. Alongside these extraordinary pieces is a fantastic exhibition on Peebles; its history and traditions.
An impressive tribute to the brave men and women of the First World War. It was erected in 1922 on 5th October by Field Marshall Haig, a founding member of the poppy appeal.
This great heritage centre is located on the former Waverley railway route at the half way point between Hawick and Newcastleton. Learn about the history of the railway and its local area. The centre is also part of the Waverley Walk, a great route for hikers or cyclists alike.
Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks and Main Guard is located in historic barracks dating to the 18th century and are located in the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. The barracks are impressive and are well preserved, they have a fascinating history, cover a large area and you can walk around the parade ground and ramparts, where you get great views. A visit will give you a glimpse into the life of the British infantryman from the Civil War through to the First World War. There is an interesting collection of war artefacts including, guns, medals, papers, photos, uniforms and silverware. There are also intriguing insights into the regiments, their history, as well as information on the soldiers involved in conflicts around the world over the years. In addition there are other temporary exhibits and permanent exhibits on show. It is well laid out and displayed and there is lots of information pertaining to the different items on display. They are open from March through to October from 10.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday, there is a small charge for entry. Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks and Main Guard is a must for any military enthusiast although there is plenty to keep everyone entertained, it is an informative and interesting venue.
A great little local museum with an excellent railway memorabilia collection and other interesting artefacts.
The highlight is the magnificent 15 x 4 ft tapestry sewn by local ladies to commemorate the Great East Coast Fishing Disaster of 1881, when 189 local fishermen were drowned. There are exhibitions on Farming, Milling, Blacksmith and Wheelwright, and Fishing heritage.
Described as a 'splendid palace' for its owner the smuggler John Nisbet, Gunsgreen House has numerous hiding places built into it for contraband goods and the vaulted cellars now house the Smuggling Experience: showing how Eyemouth was a hotbed of the smuggling trade.
A vast and eerie ruin of the 14th and 15th centuries, associated with the de Soulis, the Douglases and Mary Queen of Scots, it was partly restored in the 19th century. Nearby is the 14th-century Hermitage Chapel.
Tantallon Castle is a major stronghold positioned on the edge of a promontory on the coastline just east of North Berwick. It is the last truly great castle constructed in Scotland, that was the stronghold of the Douglases, one of the most powerful baronial families in Scotland. It was a defensive stone castle built in the red and green stone of the area, it held off a number of sieges during its time. It is an awesome structure, and much of it is still preserved, the walls are extraordinarily thick and extremely high and was a formidable structure. its stone tall towers offered protection to the great curtain wall. A large part of the castle still remains intact despite the attacks it took over the years, the last and most destructive one by Oliver Cromwells army in 1651 caused the castle to be abandoned. A visit to Tantallon Castle will afford you with the most fantastic sea views, and views of the rugged coastline, there are lots of nook and crannies to explore, there is also a prison and a dovecote to explore, the steps are a little uneven so care is needed especially when you are climbing up the steps. Owing to its exposed position it can be quite blowy so make sure to wrap up warm. Tantallon Castle has a really interesting history and is a great example of a stronghold castle and you get a true feel of its past and can imagine what life would have been like here during that period. The castle is open daily and there is an entry charge, you can buy a brochure to find out the full history of the property. It is a terrific castle and definitely worth a visit, you won't be disappointed.